Lawrence Brothers First and Third in Atlanta…

Shortly after, Chase Sexton riding a CRF450R finished a solid third in the main division despite a time-robbing crash.

Both Lawrence brothers enjoyed strong starts and had their CRF250Rs running near the front on lap one. Jett then lost his front end after a whoop section and went down, remounting in 15th. Hunter chased leader Jo Shimoda until he passed him in the sand section on lap 4. Christian Craig also moved for Shimoda and chased Hunter for much of the race, but the Aussie held off his rival for the Western Region title to claim an emotional victory. Meanwhile, Jett had mounted an incredible charge through the field that put him in a third position with two laps remaining, and the brothers celebrated their shared podium finishes with nose-to-nose burns on the tarmac of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Sexton came out of turn 1 second in the 450SX main event, then passed leader Justin Barcia in a rhythm section on lap 2. Unfortunately, the next lap saw him go down in a corner after sand whoops, and he had dropped to sixth place. at the time he rejoined the race. Converting the fastest lap times of anyone, the 22-year-old worked his way forward, climbing to a podium position with two laps remaining and staying there until the end.

GRADES

  • The three active Honda HRC team riders, Chase Sexton, along with Hunter and Jett Lawrence, took part in Friday’s Media Day activities and had the opportunity to test drive the long circuit. Hunter took a hard fall on a long triple but avoided serious injury.

  • The Atlanta round featured a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital theme, and the Team Honda HRC bikes used special graphics that included artwork by Tayde, a St. Jude patient. Also, the Renthal handlebars and sprockets on the bikes were purple. After the race, autographed bike parts and other memorabilia were donated to be auctioned off to benefit the charity. The auction begins on April 25, when fans will be able to bid, and will run until May 9.

  • American Honda has a large number of Motorsports Division personnel based in Alpharetta, Georgia, many of whom were in attendance at the Atlanta round.

  • Ken Roczen drove from Florida with his family to cheer on the Honda HRC team. The German, who has been focused on his health since the Daytona round, plans to return to action for the AMA Pro Motocross series.

  • After a long period of being grounded by Covid-related Japanese travel restrictions, HRC had two employees available for the Atlanta Supercross: off-road boss Taichi Honda and technical support representative Toru Yukawa.

  • Atlanta was a Supercross Futures round, so Honda’s Chance Hymas was in action. The Idahoan dominated, beating all three of his qualifying sessions and then leading every lap of the main event aboard his CRF250R.

  • With the rain on Saturday morning, the schedule was reduced to just one qualifier for each class (450SX, 250SX East and 250SX West). Sexton was fastest in the main division, with SmarTop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda’s Justin Brayton ninth and SGB Unlimited Honda riders Jeremy Hand and Cade Clason 15th and 20th, respectively.

  • Jett Lawrence was also fastest in his qualifying session (250SX East), with a margin of over a second. Red Riders took three of the top four positions, with MCR’s Mitchell Oldenburg and Fire Power Honda’s Jordon Smith third and fourth, respectively. Fire Power’s Jarrett Frye was tenth and Phoenix Racing Honda’s Cullin Park was fourteenth. In 250SX West, Hunter Lawrence was third, with MCR’s Vince Friese ninth and Concrete Plants’ Maxwell Sanford 17.

  • Sexton was untouchable in the second 450SX heat race, taking the lead on the second full lap and winning by nearly 10 seconds. The Lawrence brothers were challenged, with Jett dropping early in the 250SX East heat and finishing fifth, while Hunter earned a second-place finish in the West Region heat.

  • Hunter’s victory moved Honda to tie Yamaha for the most Supercross wins in the support class at Atlanta, with 11. It was also two wins in a row for Hunter, his third 250SX win of the season and fourth of his career.

  • This was the second time the brothers have finished on a 250SX podium, although the positions have been swapped since the 2021 Salt Lake City East-West Showdown, where Jett won and Hunter was third.

  • All three Team Honda HRC riders took part in the post-race press conference on Saturday afternoon.

  • As the 250SX East rider who finished top, Jett Lawrence extended his points lead to 47. With just two rounds remaining, the Aussie could clinch the title next week at Foxborough. Hunter Lawrence is second in the 250SX West, 23 points behind with two races remaining. Sexton is tied for sixth in 450SX points.

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